Five years ago today, on Saturday, September 30, 2006, my life changed forever. That’s the day that I bought Kobi and walked him over several miles down a busy 4 lane road, with his nose in a feed bucket to begin our lives together.
He looked nothing like the fat, sassy mustang he is today. He was suffering from gnat allergies then too, and was missing hair all over his shoulders and his eyes were runny and puffy. The one thing he had then, that he still has now, is his wonderful feisty personality.
The day I met Kobi, he won my heart. He was in a small, sandy pasture with two mustang mares. They ruled the roost. It broke my heart to see horses without any grass to eat, so I was pulling grass from outside the fence and feeding it to Kobi. When I ran out of grass, he sucked my fingers. He still does that when he’s feeling especially sweet and affectionate. I never feel any of his teeth closing down; he just holds my fingers between his lips. What a sweet boy!
Not to say that we haven’t had our problems. When I moved him to our wonderful trainer, Carol Davis’s place, I was so scared of him throwing me and cracking more of my ribs that I wore body armor! Any little thing that he did, I would dismount and give some excuse – not anymore!
Kobi and I have grown so much together. Now when he gets in one of his sassy moods, I don’t dismount, he has to work even harder. My fear is gone, replaced with the confidence that he won’t intentionally unseat me, and that I can handle most things he throws my way.
It’s been a long, sometimes painful journey, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Kobi is my heart, my soul, and my muse. I can’t wait to see what the next five years or even the next twenty years have in store for us.